Cast of ‘Snowfall’ Talks Shooting Season 4 During COVID-19 Pandemic

If there’s one show in 2021 you must watch, it’s Snowfall on FX. Created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron, the drama series takes us back to 1985 when Ronald Reagan won his re-election campaign, with the slogan “morning again in America.” However, in South Central Los Angeles, times are bleak. The demand for crack cocaine is at an all-time high, and business is booming as we enter the highly-anticipated Season 4.

While the crew of drug dealers led by Franklin Saint (played by Damson Idris) is benefiting tremendously from the rise in addicts, they’re also starting to become aware of the damage the drug is doing to the people that reside in the place they love and cherish. With the rest of the world catching wind of the phenomena, the LAPD has been allocating ample money and resources to the “war on drugs.”

Hence, Franklin is forced to emerge from his near-death to try to regain control over his business and end the rising violence taking place in the streets before it turns into a full-blown war. The show has been praised by audiences all around the world, with stellar performances; it was even deemed “such a joy to escape to this world.”

Baller Alert was present for the exclusive press conference on Tuesday, March 2nd, alongside executive producers Walter Mosey and Dave Andron and the rest of the cast. 

Carter Hudson, who plays a cigarette-smoking, coke-snorting Teddy, states, “I tried to start every season as an evolving experiment on its own terms, free of the seasons that have come before it. This season specifically it was about exploring pain, but then it’s gonna get terrible. I’ve been told I’m going to get in trouble if I say spoilers, but it’s going to get really bad.

Kevin Caroll states, “Like so many young men of color that grew up in a household without a father, anytime we can find elements of healing in the work, it becomes more than a job. It becomes a relationship. It fulfills the part of us as artists that really attempt to make a difference. For me, there is no stronger position in the industry than playing a black father. Especially one where we see him loving on his son: right, wrong, or indifferent. Loving with his wife: right, wrong, or indifferent. Attempting to heal the community, there’s no better job in television. I dare you to find one.

How is the energy on set given the world we live in now, with the pandemic?

Michael Hyatt: The energy is love. The energy is unity. The energy is fire. It’s an ensemble even more now than it ever was before with all of us because it takes absolute love.

Damon Idris: It’s really important we had a crew that would show up well before we had to go to set. Oftentimes our crew is put in precarious situations. Each person that had to come to set and had to leave their family during this pandemic, it really affected people. We didn’t know. You weren’t able to bring that to work, whether or not you’d lost a family member or someone close to you. Whether you lost a close friend or whether you’re worried about someone all the way across the world. We have actors like Damson and Sergio that live in an entirely different country, that had to leave their family. We’re gonna look back at this time and really see the sacrifice and the losses.

While we were there, it was of the utmost importance to take care of each other, make sure that we weren’t getting sick so that we could finish the job at hand. We’re very fortunate to be where we are on the other side of filming, hopefully closer to the other side of this pandemic. With all things, I can’t imagine how our writers were able to get through the second half of the season. All the people in our production offices, the type of money that our studio and network and to spend to ensure we’re safe. So many things that now in hindsight, we can look back and see wow, we’re fortunate to get through it. To have this product like Snowfall for our audience to see, we put a lot of heart and like Michael said, a lot of love and intention into finishing strong. 

 

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